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Efficient Germany tame Brazil to win World Cup

by Martin Parry September 30, 2007 SHANGHAI (AFP) – A ruthlessly efficient Germany tamed Brazil Sunday to win the World Cup final 2-0 with goals from Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr making them the first nation to successfully defend their title. The Germans also owed a huge debt to unbeatable goalkeeper Nadine Angerer who saved

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Henry's hat trick guides Barcelona to victory

September 29, 2007 Special to PA SportsTicker MADRID, Spain (Ticker) – Thierry Henry opened his Primera Liga goal account for the season, grabbing a hat-trick as Barcelona romped to a 4-1 win at Levante on Saturday. The France international, who made the move to Barca from Arsenal during preseason, found the back of the net

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Cristiano Ronaldo keeps Manchester United hot on Arsenal's heels

by Ian Edwards September 29, 2007 BIRMINGHAM, England (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo marked his 100th Premiership appearance for Manchester United in the perfect style with the solitary goal that delivered a 1-0 victory over Birmingham at St Andrews on Saturday. United warmed up ahead of their Champions League meeting with Italian side AS Roma at

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Robin Van Persie keeps Arsenal flying high

Stuart Barnes at Upton Park Sunday September 30, 2007 The Observer Arsenal’s early-season bandwagon rolled on incessantly. They maintained an unbeaten start with a hard-earned victory at Upton Park where they had not been successful in the league for seven years. Robin van Persie’s early header did the trick and his side held on to

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Iranian PL — Round 7 Wrap

9/28/2007 Kaveh Mahjoob, lastkick.com Overshadowed by Sepahan! In Iran, week seven of Persian Gulf League was overshadowed by two events: First, Sepahan eliminated Kawasaki of Japan and advanced to the semi finals of the Asian Champions League. This is the first time an Iranian club has advanced as far since the new Asian-wide league was

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Kerlon and the so-called seal dribble incident

9/27/2007 Afshin Afshar, lastkick.com You guys may have heard about the now famous “Seal Dribble Incident” in Brazil. I read about it a couple of days ago and got curious enough to dig it out on the web. Apparently this Brazilian kid called Kerlon has this trick that is basically lifting the ball on his

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Sepahan go through in AFC Champions League

Sep 26, 2007 PA Sport KAWASAKI – Sepahan punished a profligate Kawasaki Frontale to progress to the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over the J.League side after the second leg of the quarter-final finished goalless on Wednesday. Hiroyuki Taniguchi missed Frontale’s fourth penalty before Jalal Akbari slotted home

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Iran’s bizarre search for a football chief

9/24/2007 Afshin Afshar, lastkick.com A funny thing the politics of Iranian football! Just when you think the football brains in the country are suffering from severe case of mental constipation they prove you wrong by showing signs of excessive diarrhea!! Last year FIFA demanded that the Iranian Football Federation’s structure and bylaws be changed to

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